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Old 04-28-2013, 05:58 AM   #15
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Hey Les, I have installed the diode wiring kits from etrailer on all my toad vehicles, Jeep liberty, ford explorer, and now a 2011 Ram 1500 crew cab, no problems with any.
Here's a link.
Splices into Vehicle Wiring Diode Kit Tow Bar Wiring | etrailer.com
They have instructional videos on the web site, poke around.
Hope this helps
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:27 AM   #16
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Because my truck is brand new, I went to my Ford Dealer and spoke with their install technician. He recommended the diode install and plans to tie directly in to the wiring harness under the hood. He suggests unclipping the wiring harness and dropping the lower section to tie in as it gives you an additional 2' or so of wiring to work with and it is not a cramped area like right under the hood.
I'm going to let them do it and they will add cost to my purchase. That way, if they screw up, it's their issue. I don't want to have any problems with warranty and this solves that.

Thanks all for comments so far. It has been very helpful as always.

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Old 04-28-2013, 08:43 AM   #17
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I found a site that sells a harness with the diodes built in. You just unplug your lights and reconnect this harness. It could be e-trailer or roadmaster. Worth a search in any case. The diodes are bulky and a bit of a pain to install but adding bulbs can be a pain too.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:14 AM   #18
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I will need to look this up but I can remember that the instructions said that the diode needs to be at a recommended distance to the lamp.

I too was going to tie in at a central location and I think that was the reason why.

I will look later.

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